Youth Mentor

12 Jan 2024


What sets TPN apart?

Generous paid time off (12 accrued vacation days + 12 accrued sick days during your first year of employment)

14 paid days of significance each year

Paid 30-minute lunch breaks

Mental wellness hours

Employer-paid employee-only medical, vision and dental coverage starting first day of employment

Flexible Spending Account, Dependent Care Assistance Program, and employer-funded Lifestyle Spending Account

401k retirement plan with 2% employer match, fully vested immediately

Employer-paid short-term disability and accidental death and dismemberment

Employment with TPN may mean you are eligible for Public Service Student Loan forgiveness

Employee recognition program

Bilingual pay differential for eligible positions

Employee Assistance Plan, professional development opportunities, and much more!

Since 1993, The Pathfinder Network (TPN) has been providing justice-system impacted individuals and their families the tools and support they need to be safe and thrive in our communities. We serve individuals experiencing incarceration, those reentering the community, those on forms of community supervision, their families, and their children, both in the community at our Center for Family Success, within 9 of Oregon’s 11 corrections facilities, at the Marion County Parole and Probation, Transition Center and Jail, and at Jackson County Community Justice, Transition Center and two other offices, the Collaborative and Parkside Place. We also expanded our Peer Services within Multnomah County to include a building for the Resilience and Recovery Project - Multnomah County. We develop and deliver a comprehensive scope of evidence-based, trauma-, gender- and culturally-responsive cognitive behavioral-based programs, including our proprietary, evidence-based curriculum Parenting Inside Out, which is the highest-rated parenting skills curriculum for parents involved with the criminal justice system. Our community programs feature holistic wraparound individual and group support and services. We serve an average of 3,000 people a year agency-wide.

We are intentional about building a healthy and thriving organizational culture and envision a community of staff, partners, volunteers, and donors who are deeply committed to equitable, just and anti-racist practices in every facet of our organization. We engage in continual learning and seek ways to operationalize equitable and inclusive practices. We believe every member on our team enriches our diversity by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design, and deliver solutions.

At TPN, we envision communities that welcome all people, provide second chances, and create pathways to change. We believe all people have the capacity to change. We honor the dignity and worth of every individual, engage our clients and employees with compassion, and bring excellence to all we do. To learn more, go to The Pathfinder Network About Us.


We admit that there is no such thing as the perfect candidate. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t meet each and every position requirement – instead, use your application to let us know what excites you about the role and what transferable skills or other qualities you would like to bring to TPN!

If reasonable accommodation or an alternative form of this application are needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact our Director of People & Culture at 503.892.5396.

TPN hires a workforce representative of the communities we serve, understanding that a diverse workforce strengthens our organization. We value diversity and support a positive and welcoming environment where all employees can thrive.

In practice, this means we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a parent, marital status or political affiliation. We also take seriously the idea that our work benefits from a genuine commitment to diversity, by considering applications from individuals representing all kinds of backgrounds.

TPN is offering a $250 referral bonus for community members who refer a new employee to one of our open positions!


Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the qualifications as described in a job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background.

As a Youth Mentor, you will provide mentoring and case management to youth of justice-involved parents and juvenile justice-involved youth as part of the Mentoring Inside Out program. You will work closely with local school districts, youth service organizations, juvenile justice, child welfare, correctional institutions, and families to help youth remain in school, stay connected with their parents and families and other supports, and engage in positive activities.


Case management, including but not limited to, assessment, service planning, implementation and monitoring, advocacy, and care coordination

Delivery of individual and group-based services and supports

Work directly with youth to help them stay engaged in school and achieve academic success

Monitor youth attendance and grades by working closely with teachers and school personnel

Link youth with positive after-school and summer activities

Complete monthly group activities for youth in the program

Assist youth in developing and maintaining positive relationships with family members and other supportive adults

Support justice-involved youth in successful engagement with community supervision

Support in facilitation of The PATHfinder Club

Provide information & referral for housing, food, clothing, and transportation to families

Coordinate services with other providers, including child welfare, mental health, substance use and other social services

Connect parents and caregivers to classes and events at the Center for Family Success

Assist with family engagement events

Perform home visits with families

Transport youth to and from mentoring sessions, around the community and to correctional institutions for visits with parents

Develop and sustain community partnerships

Maintain case notes and case files

Assist with completion of agency and grant reporting

Serve as a community advocate for youth with justice-involved parents and justice-involved youth

Attend staff and team meetings

Act as a mandatory reporter of child abuse

Other duties as assigned.

Participation in Shared Leadership (=5% of your time)

Be a champion in the shaping and sustaining of a diverse, equitable, inclusive and just workplace, with a focus towards creating racial equity.

Participate on cross-departmental teams or committees regarding organizational policies, processes and work environment

Participate in Temporary Teams, Equity Team, Employee Resource Groups, and other teams

Contribute individualized skills, knowledge, experience and expertise to help the agency reach its mission


Required Cultural Values: Staff are expected to embody certain cultural values to support TPN’s mission: communicate effectively, value one another, show respect, demonstrate accountability, display a high level of self-awareness, participate in shared leadership and continuous growth and learning, live values of diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and belonging and engage in personal work to further DEIJB values and impact.

Commitment to Racial Justice. Staff are expected to interact effectively across racially diverse teams, partners, and experiences, apply a racial equity lens in their work and commit to the ongoing work required to move TPN toward a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive and just organization.


Experience and skills we are interested in:

A high school diploma or equivalent required, associates degree preferred.

Three or more years of mentoring/case management experience with youth or related experience preferred

Training and experience related to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Trauma Informed Care

Experience providing culturally responsive services and/or experience with the criminal justice system

Experience working in child welfare

Ability to fluently speak, read, and write in both English and Spanish valued

Lived experience as a child of incarcerated parents and/or with the criminal justice system valued

Must possess a valid driver’s license and have access to a motor vehicle during work hours that is covered by adequate car insurance.

Must pass a Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) check that meets the organization’s underwriting criteria

Basic level computer capabilities in use of databases, web-based environments, word processing, email, and spreadsheets.

Must pass a background check, employment verification, and drug screen (which does not include testing for marijuana).

Referral bonuses are payable after 60 days of employment to new employees in good standing who hold the required certifications. New candidates should specify in the job application who they were referred by, and the community member will also complete this form.


Working Conditions/Travel Requirements

This job operates within a professional office environment setting and also in the field. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, copiers, scanners, fax machines, and filing cabinets. The work environment may have varied sounds levels that can occasionally get loud in volume.

The Pathfinder Network follows public health guidance for any public health emergencies and will remain in compliance with any vaccination or isolation requirements from partner agencies.

This position engages with youth in physical activities. It requires standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, crawling, and climbing, up to an entire work shift. The employee must frequently lift and/or move items over 50 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Travel in Portland is required as needed for home, school, community and institution visits, trainings, and meetings.

This is a full-time, non-exempt position. Typical days of work are Monday through Friday; however, evening and weekend work is required as needed.

Please note this position description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Compensation and Benefits: This is a non-exempt, full-time position. The hiring range for this position is $21.60 - $22.25 per hour, DOE. For bilingual candidates, the hiring range is $22.92 - $23.60. Salary offers are determined in conjunction with an internal pay equity assessment.

To apply:

  • ID: #50857765
  • State: Oregon Portland 97201 Portland USA
  • City: Portland
  • Salary: $21.60 - $22.25 per hour, DOE
  • Job type: Full-time
  • Showed: 2024-01-12
  • Deadline: 2024-03-12
  • Category: Nonprofit